With too many social bookmarking sites in the picture the Web 2.0 audience is certainly bewildered. Perhaps I can only speak for myself yet I presume people would agree with me on this. I was storing my favorite links in my Firefox Bookmarks folder to begin with. Soon I discovered that I wanted to share them with people who might be interested in them and then I signed up for an account with blogmarks.net
The interface was cool no doubt and it allowed opml export and import. It allows you to import from del.icio.us or an atom feed but no browser import. I managed to import all my browser bookmarks after considerable struggle. It was quite frustrating I should say. By that time I had lost interest in that site. Navigation back and forth was even worse. Once I was on a page I did not know how to go back to where I came from. It was all very hilarious.
After this I signed up at Furl
I should say I liked furl a lot. It allowed me to mark pages and stored a copy of them irrespective of changes on the page itself. In other words it was like a cache. It also provided me with a Furl firefox extension to mark the pages I visited, to visit my archived pages and to mail the pages to my friends.
However, I was still looking for a site that would store all my bookmarks in one place that was easy to navigate through and to retrieve information from.
This was when I discovered Blinklist. Blinklist has a very neat interface that is user-friendly and is pimped with AJAX left, right and centre. It is quite thrilling to navigate through that site. It is full of pleasant surprises. The signup process was interesting. After logging me in, it offered to import bookmarks from my browser. I had to point to the html file that stored all my links and voila they were imported in no time at all. Now it had yet another surprise for me – The “Import from Furl” option. I did that too. After this I realized I had an opml file full of links from my feed reader, which I had to import. I wondered initially and then found a neat method to do it. I imported the opml into my browser bookmarks and exported it as html. Then I uploaded it to blinklist again. Now I had some links on del.icio.us and guess what.. yeah you’re right.. blinklist imports from del.icio.us too. So there they were .. my links all in one place. Neat and tidy.
If you thought the excitement ended there, then you’re mistaken. There was somebody visiting my profile and sending me messages through live chat. It was superb.
Then I could export all my links as a tag cloud to my blog.
Then there was an extensive search tool with tag prompts, like google suggest with which I dug through the entire world of blinklist links.
I also got a bookmarklet for my browser with which to blink sites as soon as they caught my attention.
Overall,all my votes go to blinklist, for user-friendliness, an intuitive browsing atmosphere and a set of great tools to make life easy.
Here is my blinklist: Risenphoenix